12/30/2015 1:00PM

Regal Ransom euthanized due to colic

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Regal Ransom, a Grade/Group 2 winner and resident of Darley’s American stallion operation, was euthanized Tuesday due to complications from colic. He was 9 years old.

Bred in Kentucky by Diamond A Racing Corporation, the son of Distorted Humor was a $675,000 purchase by John Ferguson, acting for Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum, at the 2008 Fasig-Tipton February 2-year-olds in training sale. He is out of the placed Red Ransom mare Kelli’s Ransom, making him a half-brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Devil May Care.

Regal Ransom was sent to train in the U.A.E. after a brief juvenile campaign in North America, finishing second behind stablemate Desert Party in a conditional race, then again in the Group 3 U.A.E. Two Thousand Guineas. Regal Ransom turned the tables on his rival in the Group 2 U.A.E. Derby, and parlayed that win into a start in the 2009 Kentucky Derby. He returned later that year to win the Grade 2 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs.

In later campaigns, Regal Ransom earned runner-up finishes in the Grade 3 Alysheba Stakes and the non-graded Sir Shackleton Handicap. Regal Ransom finished his on-track career with four wins in 16 starts for earnings of $1,894,835.

Regal Ransom was retired to Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Ky., for the 2012 breeding season, with his first foals being 2-year-olds of 2015. Leading his first crop were stakes-placed Freaky Kiki and Turkish Group 3-placed Lemnos. He was advertised to stand for a fee of $5,000 during the upcoming breeding season.

“We are very saddened by the loss of Regal Ransom,” said Darley America COO Dan Pride. “These situations are never easy, but we are thankful that it was handled quickly and that he didn’t suffer. He served Sheikh Mohammed and our team well, and he will be missed.”

Regal Ransom will be buried at Jonabell Farm.